While each Next Friday and Friday After Next may have had their moments, when it comes to overall greatness, you just can't beat the original Friday. Ice Cube did a good job portraying Craig Jones, and of course, Chris Tucker was HILARIOUS as Craig's best friend Smokey. In fact, people were still repeating Smokey's lines years after the movie came out, like: "When you gonna let me F, Ms. Parker?" or "And you know this...MAN!" or everyone's favorite: "You got knocked the F out!" (That even made me laugh when I wrote it.) It was also good to enjoy John Witherspoon as Craig's father, especially because that was before he became overexposed by being thrown into practically every bad Black movie (Soul Plane, anyone?).
I only gave this four stars because of two things: 1) although the movie is funny, there really isn't much of a plot, and 2) now that I think about it, the scene with Mr. Jones in the bathroom WAS kind of disgusting. But Friday is still a great movie, and it's a lot better than either of the sequels -- and it doesn't help that most of the main characters from this movie aren't even in the other movies (Mike Epps is funny, but let's face it; he's no Chris Tucker). If you're one of the few people who haven't seen this movie yet, grab some snacks, a nice seat of the couch, and pop it in.